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Dec 28, 2012 22:07 |  #1

I'm trying to find some suggestions for doing portraits of a woman in her mid-50s. I don't want to make her look young, but also don't want to make her look like her mother. All I've found online amounts to: direct front light so you don't exaggerate the wrinkles.

Does anyone have anything to add to that?
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Dec 28, 2012 22:17 |  #2

Pose her so she doesn't look fat by letting her lead with a hip
Twisting her neck removes the droop under there.




  
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Dec 28, 2012 22:46 |  #3

a beauty dish for lighting perhaps




  
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Dec 28, 2012 22:49 as a reply to  @ MsKutispwet's post |  #4

Angle her shoulders at about 45 degrees to you and have her look back at you over her front shoulder.


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Dec 29, 2012 10:51 as a reply to  @ rrblint's post |  #5

Thanks guys, I appreciate these.
(No worry about her looking fat; she's pretty thin so there's more concern about skin texture.:))




  
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Dec 29, 2012 11:11 |  #6

Big soft box in VERY CLOSE and feathered. If shes, heavy short lighting.

If shes thin maybe a butterfly light (large soft box over camera) so as not to cause a lot of shadows thus hiding texture. (not making wrinkles more pronounced).




  
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Jan 01, 2013 20:57 |  #7

I had to make such compromises back in my film days. Back then it was soft lighting, avoiding shadows, using soft focus, and such.

I don't compromise on the best lighting for the shape of the face just to avoid wrinkles anymore--I just ameliorate them in post as necessary.

However, there are issues such as double chins or chin waddles that you do want to pose to avoid. Neck and chin issues are brutally difficult to handle any way other than posing and lighting.




  
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Jan 01, 2013 21:03 |  #8

RDKirk wrote in post #15433041 (external link)
However, there are issues such as double chins or chin waddles that you do want to pose to avoid. Neck and chin issues are brutally difficult to handle any way other than posing and lighting.

And, as I recently discovered, cute scarves.:)
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Jan 07, 2013 23:41 |  #9

Thanks for asking this question. I am, uh, mature myself and have friends in a similar age group that ask me to take their photos. I have a bunch of portrait books but hardly any of them mention the 'challenges' and solutions of taking photos of us older folks. Especially women...

Any other suggestions, links or resources that anybody can think of?


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Jan 15, 2013 12:58 |  #10

weight on back foot, shoulders back, shoulders uneven, chin up and out a bit.

processing, processing, processing. take a few years off with some skin smoothing.


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